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FIP moves primary health care agenda in the European Region forward with new report

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The Hague • 27 October 2020

Needs in the European Region in order for pharmacy to deliver breakthroughs for better primary health care are described in a new report released by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) today.

The report summarises the key messages from a conference for the European Region, held by FIP in collaboration the Turkish Pharmacists’ Association in last year, which facilitated mapping and prioritisation of pharmaceutical practice, service, education and workforce development needs in the context of primary health care.

At that conference, pharmacy leaders and pharmacists representing 37 countries in the region committed to deliver better primary health care through pharmacy, and the report presents findings of a survey of FIP member organisations conducted between June and September 2020 to evaluate national pharmacy priorities and strategies towards the implementation of that commitment (n=16). The findings include that support for the Declaration of Astana to achieve universal health coverage through high-quality, safe, comprehensive, integrated, accessible, available and affordable primary health care for all is aligned with current pharmacy programmes and strategies in 71% of responding countries. However, the report also highlights common issues in the everyday lives of pharmacists that need to be addressed, such as the capability to facilitate change through technology.

“With this report, we have assessed the status quo and suggest next steps in to take the primary health care agenda forward. This will support pharmacy leaders in Europe and beyond as a roadmap for action to transform primary health care,” said FIP CEO Dr Catherine Duggan.

Notes for editors

There are 53 countries listed in the World Health Organization European Region. 37 of these countries were represented at FIP’s Regional Conference for the European Region, which was co-hosted by FIP’s member organisation the Turkish Pharmacists’ Association. The conference was held from 23 to 25 October 2019 in Ankara, Turkey, under the title “Delivering primary health care: Pharmacists taking the next leap forward”. The conference culminated in the signing of the Ankara Commitment to Action on Primary Health Care and is part of FIP’s work to support the Declaration of Astana.

Link The “FIP Regional Conference for the European Region” report is available here.

About FIP The International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) is the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, and is in official relations with the World Health Organization. Through our 146 member organisations, we represent over four million practitioners and scientists around the world. Our vision is a world where everyone benefits from access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines and pharmaceutical care.

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